Seven including 3 cops hurt in Jessore clash

At least seven people, including three policemen, were injured in a clash between the local opposition activists and the law enforcers at Bagherpara Upazila in Jessore district during the BNP-led 18-Party Alliance-sponsored 36-hour nationwide strike starting on Tuesday.Sub-Inspector of the Bagherpara Police Station Tuhinuzzaman said that police fired several blank shots to disperse a group of BNP and Juba Dal activists when they blockaded the Jessore-Magura Highway in Bhata Amtala area at around 11am.
“After a while they assembled again and swooped on the police with brickbats and sticks forcing the law enforcers to fire several shotgun rounds in self-defence,” he said.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Reshma Sharmin said three policemen were injured in the attack unleashed by the pro-shutdown activists.
The official said that several people received bullet injuries when the police fired 15 shotgun rounds to bring the situation under control.
Additional policemen were deployed in the area to avert further untoward incident, she said.
The injured police personnel are Officer-In-Charge of the Bagherpara Police Station Ramprasad Bhakta, Sub-Inspector Munsi Mofizur Rahman and Assistant Sub-Inspector Haider Ali.
The other injured were identified as Upazila Juba Dal Vice-President Tito, 35, Shahjahan Ali, 32, son of Mohammad Alamgir of Sekandarpur village, Shahjahan’s wife Rabeya Khatun, 25, and ‘Bablu, 35, son of Habib Uddin of Betalpara village of the Upazila.
All the injured were admitted to the Jessore Medical College Hospital.

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